Single Vineyard Wine: the Champions League of Catalan Wines



Wine quality varies and there’s no accounting for taste. What is certain however is that winegrowing and vinification techniques have reached high levels of quality. We want to go one step further. We want to introduce you to a concept that some of you might not be familiar with.

Those more knowledgeable about the wine world will most likely know what we're talking about. For others, this will be a new concept.  We'd like to introduce and define the concept of a “single vineyard wine”.

“Single vineyard wine” represents the highest distinction that a wine can aspire to in Catalonia at this time. In order to obtain this coveted recognition, a wine must meet the following criteria:

  • The maximum yields permitted for single vineyard wines are often 15{483e5444ab9fc06e19ac83efe1d2198bc64dd97b6326f9ee3936c7b95b1cf489} lower than the limits established for other types of wine by the appellation of origin.
  • A single vineyard wine must be made exclusively from grapes sourced from vineyards that constitute a winegrowing unit, and the name of the wine refers to the name of the vineyards from which it originates.  
  • In terms of winemaking, the wine must be produced, barrel-aged and bottled by wineries that own the vineyards located on the estate. The winery must be located on the same estate or, in certain exceptional cases, nearby.
  • In order to receive the single vineyard wine certification, the wine must have a consolidated market presence spanning at least 10 years with consistent prestige and quality.  


At Jean Leon, we have four wines with these characteristics. Our wines Vinya La Scala Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva, Vinya Le Havre Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Vinya Palau Merlot and Vinya Gigi Chardonnay were the first wines in the Penedès, and the second in all of Catalonia, to be recognized as single vineyard wines.

This distinction conveys their unique personality, born from the interaction between the soil, the vines, the microclimate and human effort. The combination of these factors is what makes single vineyard wines, wines of superior quality.

Meet our winery's four single vineyard wines:


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Vinya La Scala

The name La Scala recalls the restaurant that Jean Leon and James Dean opened in Beverly Hills in 1956. A total of 8 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon grow on a hillside at 295 meters above sea level. Planted in 1963, it is the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in Spain.

Vinya Le Havre

The vineyard is named after the French port of Le Havre where Jean Leon stowed away on a ship bound for the United States. Here Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grow at an elevation of 285 meters.  

Vinya Gigi

A Chardonnay vineyard named after Jean Leon's daughter. It is a 5-hectare hillside parcel at an elevation of 300 meters.  

Vinya Palau

The vineyard is named Palau in homage to Santander, the city where Jean Leon was born. In 1941, a fire raged through the Cantabrian capital, destroying several of the city's most iconic buildings. Among them was the Palace of Marqués de Villatorre. The 10-hectare vineyard is planted with Merlot and located at 275 meters.

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